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Project muddies the water in Mingo

Updated: Tuesday, June 3 2014, 07:02 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio --  Residents in Mingo are concerned with the water supply. Village officials say there has been brown water throughout the area.
The reason for that is a $2 million EPA-mandated project that calls for the replacement of water and sewer lines right here along Lincoln Avenue.
It's a project that has been in the works since the turn of the calendar. With the work fully underway, residents are seeing some of the effects that come from this work -- that of course being brown or muddy water.
It is coming from Lincoln Avenue, heading to the Village reservoir, and then to the Hillsborough tank.
That means it affects a majority of the village.
Officials say they don't issue boil order advisories, because despite the color, the water is not hazardous.
"It's basically just water-line sentiment," Village Administrator Steve Maguschak said. "It's not harmful to your health  or anything, but if people want to be safe, they can drink filtered water."
The water issue did not affect the opening of the pool. It opened Monday and just required a little more clean-up.
The work along Lincoln Avenue should be completed by the end of the summer.
That's not the only issue village officials have been tackling this week. There was also some growing concern about an upcoming fire and EMS levy, one that will raise about $120,000 per year.
A town hall meeting was scheduled for Tuesday night so that concerns from all parties can be addressed.
"Council has assured me that any money generated would be in addition to what we already receive through the general fund and EMS fund," Mingo Fire Chief John Wright said.

Project muddies the water in Mingo


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